Greetings fellow game music lovers,
due to the ongoing good weather, another breather update:
It concerns the main section of the title theme of Game Gear Shinobi 2, the sequel to the handheld incarnation of Segas long running franchise, released in 1992:
Quite a simple, vaguely pentatonic, recurring motive. It should be possible to find this on many traditional japanese music CDs. Funny, as a foreigner, the first time I encountered such a combination was on a very english concept album by prog rock veterans Patrick Woodroffe and Dave Greenslade called "The Pentateuch of the Cosmogony" (1979), with partial participation of Phil Collins:
The album has many Shinobi / Shadow Dance like samples, I recommend to hear more of it.
too little content for an update? How about this: The theme "Castle Two" from the same game has a sequence
that reminds me somewhat of the classical russian folk song "Katyusha":